B.P. council to vote on cultural center

first_img Plans for the former Central School Auditorium an art d eco building erected in the 1930s next to City Hall on Pacific Avenue include adding a second floor and expanding it to the parking lot behind the center. The center will work as a permanent home for the Baldwin Park Historical Society, a place to hold community and cultural events, a banquet hall and may also feature a theater for movie revivals. Singhal said the council had previously approved about $350,000 in architecture costs. Officials anticipate the project expected to break ground next month to be completed by 2007. Christina L. Esparza can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472, or by e-mail at160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Garcia argued the refurbishing is costing more than the Baldwin Park Teen Center and Skate Park, which was built from the ground up. However, Councilman David Olivas, who is pushing for the cultural arts center, said it is costing less since none of the money is coming from the general fund. The project will be paid for by the Urban Park Act grant, a Community Development Block Grant of $1 million and $1.6 million in community center bonds money set aside for improvements in the city’s community centers, said Chief Executive Officer Vijay Singhal. “It’s going to be the first truly educational center run by a city,’ Olivas said. “It would be an education of history, the arts and cultures.’ Singhal said the increase in cost is due to the expansion of the project, which will be bigger than anticipated. The building is now 8,500 square feet, but refurbishing will add on another 15,000 square feet. The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to spend $4.5 million to start the construction of a new cultural arts center, nearly $1 million more than its original projected cost. When the city got word of receiving a $2.5 million state grant from the Urban Parks Act in November, officials estimated the cost of refurbishing the former Central School Auditorium to be $3.7 million. However, the new projected cost is about $5.5 million, according to the city’s staff report. Tonight, the council is expected to vote on a contract with EMAE International Inc. worth $4.5 million to refurbish the building. “I’m baffled we’re spending so much money on an existing building,’ said Councilwoman Marlen Garcia. “I think we need to relook at this and really figure out how much it’s going to cost in the future.’ last_img read more



first_imgNew Growth pathSouth Africa is to embark on a new economic growth path in a bid to create five-million jobs and reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% over the next 10 years.Read morePress releaseThe frameworkMinister Ebrahim Patel’s Speech: Essence of the Growth PathGearing for Growth in a Changed World by John BattersbyMonomer engineering presentation: Enabling development one step at a time!Business Report: Ann CrottyMICHAEL POWER: New Growth PathThe sheet music to make our economic orchestra humSectors:Transport infrastructureEnergy netowrkEnergy upgradeIndustrial policyIndustrial zones Key messages on nuclear energy Nuclear energy will in future contribute more significantly to South Africa’s energy mix.Read more [PDF, 280kb]Exports into Egypt from South Africa Download Excel documentDinner with the FT – Geared for Growth Programmelast_img read more


Judicial independence ‘beyond threat’

first_img1 March 2012 The independence of the judiciary is one of the core values that the African National Congress fought for, and will in no way be affected by a pending judicial review, says Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe. Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Monday, Radebe said his department’s review of the judiciary and the assessment of the Constitutional Court decisions were aimed at strengthening the judiciary so that it could play a more effective role in transforming South Africa. He also released a discussion document on the transformation of the country’s judicial system and the role of the judiciary in the developmental state. Among other things, the document reflects on the role of the judiciary in transforming society, the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judiciary, steps taken to enhance the judicial system, and the impact of decisions of the Constitutional Court on the reconstruction of South Africa.Constitution ’embodies the values we fought for’ Radebe emphasised that the government would defend the independence of the judiciary at all costs. “The Constitution is an embodiment of the values that the ANC [African National Congress] stood and fought for. The ANC-led government will defend these values at all cost, including the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law which are the bedrock of our constitutional democracy.” Radebe said the government’s track record since 1994 showed that it had “respected all decisions of courts at all levels”. He cited the Glenister case as one decision that the government had adhered to and which his department, through Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, was “busy piloting” through Parliament. The Constitutional Court ruled in March last year that part of the legislation on the disbanding of the elite investigative unit the Scorpions and launching of the Hawks was constitutionally invalid. The piloting through Parliament of the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Bill, introduced in 2010, showed that the administration of President Jacob Zuma had taken steps to enhance the powers of the Constitutional Court, he said.Criticism of court judgments ‘part of democracy’ Radebe said the transformation of the judicial system was a constitutional imperative entrusted upon the government and contained in Schedule 6 of the Constitution. “As you know, we are nearing the second decade of democracy, and I think it is an appropriate time now to do a review,” he said, adding that the Constitution came into effect just over 15 years ago, on 4 February 1997. He conceded that the country had made a lot of progress in the transformation of the judiciary, and today there were more black and female judges than 1994, but said that more progress needed to be made in this regard. Criticism of court judgements in a democratic country, he said, was not unusual, and judges were no less immune to scrutiny than the executive was. “Over the years, many in the judiciary have shown a profound understanding of the constitutional imperatives and set out to defend the basic law of the land,” he said. He listed two landmark decisions which had both found against the government – the Grootboom judgement in 2000, which related to the provision of housing, and the Treatment Action Campaign’s judgment in 2002 on the right to health.Assessment of Constitutional Court decisions Turning to the assessment the department planned to hold of Constitutional Court decisions, Radebe said the kind of assessment of a constitutional court was not unusual, and that other countries conducted similar reviews of constitutional court decisions. Independent reviews by academics of Constitutional Court decisions would be consulted during the assessment. A public process would be held to identify the research institutions the department would work with for the assessment. Radebe said the assessment would tackle three areas. Firstly, it would undertake a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the decisions of the Constitutional Court since the inception of the court. Such an analysis would look at the transformation of the state and society and how the socio-economic conditions and lives of people have been affected by such decisions. Secondly, the assessment would look at the impact of the decisions of the Constitutional Court on all branches of the law, and the extent to which any branch of the law had or should be transformed to meet the transformation goals envisaged by the Constitution. Thirdly, it would assess the capacity of the state in all its spheres to implement measures that sought to give effect to the country’s transformative laws and the decisions of the courts. Radebe said the idea was to complete the assessment within 18 months from its commencement date. Seminars and a national conference would be held to discuss the findings of the assessment and those of the research papers carried out by academics alongside the assessment. The process should be seen as part of the department’s plan – including the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment and the Superior Courts Bill due to be passed this year – to reform the judiciary and enforce the independence of the judiciary. He said the South African Law Reform Commission would be re-engineered to boost its legal research capacity, and to better serve the needs of South Africa given its various social challenges. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


President welcomes special guests to South Africa’s Sona

first_img13 February 2015As has become tradition, President Jacob Zuma invited several special guests to his State of the Nation Address (Sona), delivered on 12 February. The night is one of pomp and circumstance that signifies the opening of parliament for the year, and the start of government business after the annual holiday.“I would like you to join me in congratulating my special guest, our ace Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos,” Zuma said, to much applause.“Chad received swimming’s highest honour in December after he was crowned the world’s best swimmer for 2014, by the International Swimming Federation, amongst many other outstanding achievements.”Earlier in 2014, Le Clos became the first man to be named Fina’s Swimming World Cup series winner for the third time, collecting 27 gold medals along the way. Le Clos is also the first swimmer to go unbeaten throughout a World Cup series and also the first swimmer to win all the butterfly events.Zuma also spoke of three special girls from Moletsane High School in Soweto, whom he was hosting. “They are Ofentse Mahasha, Hlengiwe Moletsane and Tiisetso Mashiloane. Ofentse and Hlengiwe attended the last G20 summit in Australia and performed exceptionally well, making us truly proud.”The three won a school essay competition on the importance of the G20 for both South Africa and Australia. They were chosen by the Australian government to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.“One of these learners told me, ‘If you decide you want to be something, you must work hard and put your eyes on it.’ She wants to be the president of South Africa,” Zuma said.Another South African making the country proud was not in the house, but was remembered by the president: “Allow me also. to congratulate in absentia, another star performer who has brought glory to our country, Miss World, Miss Rolene Strauss.”Zuma’s fifth special guest at his Sona was another athlete. “I would also like to introduce another special guest, the country’s Sports Star of the Year and Banyana Banyana striker, Miss Portia Modise. Congratulations Portia,” he said.While most South Africans were only able to watch the event on television, they were not forgotten, with the president thanking all of those who took their time to contribute to Sona 2015 following his request for input from citizens about what they would like to hear from him.“In terms of the inputs, our people are concerned about, amongst others, crime, roads, access to education, youth internship schemes, water, electricity and support for small businesses. Contributions requiring feedback are being referred to government departments for action.”Turning to agriculture, “a catalyst for growth and food security”, Zuma spoke of the government’s work with the private sector to develop an Agricultural Policy Action Plan. In doing so, he also welcomed another of his special guests, the winner of the 2014 Agriculture Female Entrepreneur Award, Nokwanele Mzamo, from Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape.Previously known as the Female Farmer of the Year and initiated in 1999, the awards seek to encourage and increase the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities in agriculture. The major thrust of the programme is to underline the fact that women play a significant role in food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.Mzamo scooped the award for the Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Export Market, making her the overall winner. The 44-year-old and 58 other beneficiaries established the Luthando Farm, in the Sunday River valley, in 2003.The farm produces seasonal crops and citrus fruit that are exported to the Middle East, Europe, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada and China. It produces about 220 579 cartons of export citrus.Zuma’s final special guest was Mapule Phokompe from Mahikeng in North West, the winner of the Women in Water conservation awards. “At our tea yesterday, Ms Phokompe [explained to me] why Mafikeng is now called Mahikeng. I now know,” he said.The president had met his special guests for a high tea in the afternoon of 11 February, before the Sona. Also at the tea was the chairperson of Brand South Africa, Chichi Maponya.In introducing Phokompe, he urged all residents of South Africa to conserve water. “Every drop counts. The country loses R7-billion a year to water losses.”The Department of Water and Sanitation encouraged the involvement of women’s organisations from the rural areas to devise practical ways of conserving water and producing food. The Mosadi Tshwene project, led by Phokompe, from the water- scarce Disaneng Village in Mahikeng, topped the Water Conservation Category in the 2014 Women in Water Awards competition by practising the best water conservation method in the production of vegetables.“We believe the opening of parliament and the State of the Nation Address is an event for all South Africans because parliament is an institution of the people and we therefore want people to visit parliament to feel part of it,” Zuma said before his address.“That’s why every year we invite special guests of the president on the strength of the good work that they do in the development and promotion of our country and the sacrifices each has made for South Africa.”The guests were chosen for representing the country in various sectors on the international stage. “We also invite the families of late struggle heroes and heroines to see the good work and contribution of their family members.”In a break from tradition, for the first time a female praise singer introduced the Sona, Kgato Welminah Masemola of Ga-Marishane village in Limpopo. The imbongi is a community leader and sews traditional Sepedi dresses and does traditional bead work.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Bonus Room Problems

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members If your house has an attached garage, you may have a bonus room — that is, a bedroom above the garage. For new home builders, bonus rooms make sense: including one is relatively inexpensive for the builder, and it’s seen as a desirable feature by home buyers.From a thermal or comfort perspective, however, most bonus rooms are disasters. They are often cold in winter and hot in summer, even when equipped with a supply register delivering conditioned air from a furnace or air conditioner. There are several reasons why this is so:In a new home, most builders use “room in attic” roof trusses to create a bonus room.While these trusses simplify the framing details for construction workers, they have an Achilles’ heel: They lack a bottom plate under the kneewalls. The lack of a bottom plate complicates air sealing details and greatly increases the chance that the bonus room will have a leaky air barrier.In most cases, the insulation contractors quickly stuff batts in the kneewalls, and then stuff batts in the joists separating the garage from the bonus room.This photo shows the ceiling framing above a garage. The fiberglass batts installed in the bonus room kneewalls are hanging down into the joist bays. Needless to say, neither the framers nor the insulation crew thought to install an air barrier near the batts. In the absence of an air barrier, outdoor air will easily filter through the batts and enter the bonus room at the unsealed crack between the subfloor and the bottom of the drywall on the kneewall. [Photo credit: Matt Bowers]Once the interior side of the kneewall is covered by drywall, it isn’t obvious that there is a large crack under the kneewall that allows outdoor air to entry the bonus room. If… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more


Kaka hints at following Pirlo into retirement

first_imgKaká ‘I don’t feel joy playing any more’ – Brazil legend Kaka hints at following Pirlo into retirement Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:35 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Kaka Orlando City MLS 05082017 Troy Taormina MLS Orlando City Milan Real Madrid Serie A Primera División The former World Player of the Year admits that his body is struggling to cope with the demands of top-level competition in MLS with Orlando City Former Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder Kaka could be the next high-profile figure to head into retirement after “losing the joy” of playing football.Now 35 years of age and turning out in MLS with Orlando City, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner admits that his body is struggling to handle the demands of top-level competition.Brazil 6/1 to win 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That suggests that the Brazilian could soon follow the lead of fellow MLS star Andrea Pirlo and bring the curtain down on a glittering career.Kaka told Globo Esporte: “I don’t feel joy in playing football any more, as I feel pain every time I finish a match.”My body doesn’t deal with it very well now and at the age of 35 it is very difficult to recover every time.”Italy stalwart Pirlo, who is currently on the books of New York City, recently announced that he is to hang up his boots when his contract comes to an end in December.Kaka may decide to do likewise if he feels he cannot cope with another campaign in the US.Kaka retirement hint lost joyIf he were to head into retirement, then he would be heralded as one of the finest performers of the modern era.A man who helped Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002, Kaka will be best remembered for his first stint at AC Milan between 2003 and 2009 – during which he became the best player on the planet while tasting Serie A and Champions League success.He failed to replicate those heroics after securing a €68.5 million move to Real Madrid, with injuries blighting his time in Spain, but he has impressed again since joining the MLS ranks in 2015.A distinguished career may now be coming towards a close, but Kaka admits that he is already planning for life once his playing days are over, with there a desire on his part to follow the lead of current Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.He added: “I would love to have a career like Zinedine Zidane.”He stopped playing, took some time, realised he liked coaching and started working in the youth academy. I could follow a similar path.”Kaka has made over 650 club appearances, while earning 92 caps for Brazil.last_img read more


NSWCCC take the 18’s Boys title

first_imgNew South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges have survived a late comeback from the Queensland Secondary Schools Touch side to win the title at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships.CCC got out to a three touchdown lead before QSST hit back to level the game with minutes remaining.QSST had the opportunity to again level the scores late in the game when CCC’s Edan Price got sent to the sin bin with less than two minutes remaining, but were unable to capitalise, with the NSW boys taking the game by one touchdown. QSST got off to a great start when Ryley Jacks dived across the line in the opening set of six to give his side the early lead. It wasn’t long before CCC hit back, with Alex Franklin on the receiving end off a great flick pass from Daniel Chiddy, to level the scores at 1-all.Edrick Lee put QSST back in front five minutes later when he crossed over in the corner to give his side a 2-1 lead. But it was Scott Daley’s touchdown in the ninth minute, set up by Sam Brisby, which leveled the scores up again. CCC then hit the lead for the first time in the game when Simon Lang’s dive for the try line gave his side a 3-2 lead.CCC extended their lead four minutes later when a cut out pass from Brisby set up Alex Franklin for his second to give his side a three touchdown lead with minutes remaining in the first half.But QSST weren’t finished for the half, with Jacks crossing for second touchdown just before half-time to go to the break down by two, 5-3. CCC was back on the attack just after half-time, and extended their lead back to three touchdowns when Ben Dosseter scored in the first set of six. QSST’s Kade Bonner was the next to score, and brought his side back within two touchdowns with 13 minutes remaining, and when Lee crossed for his second, the Queensland boys were back in the game.Adam Pryde’s touchdown leveled the scores for QSST, but it was short lived, with Nicholas Good scoring off the next set of six off the back of some great work by Matt Moylan to steal the lead back, 7-6.Price was sent to the bin with two minutes remaining to give the QSST boys a chance to hit back, but it was too little too late, with CCC running away with the title.CCC was rewarded for their consistent carnival, with Moylan being named Player of the Match, and Good being named Player of the Series.  NSWCCC Captain Dan Mahoney paid tribute to his team mates in the presentations after the game. “We’re all mates and that’s what it’s all about, that’s why we play touch,” Mahoney said.last_img read more


2013 Queensland Affiliates Cup

first_imgClose to 40 teams will take part in the inaugural Queensland Touch Football Affiliates Cup on Saturday, 7 December and Sunday, 8 December 2013 at the Carrara Sports Complex.38 teams will compete across five divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Masters/Men’s 50’s and Senior Mixed. The event, in its first year, sees teams from the South Queensland region, as well as Brisbane, Noosa and Kingaroy, travelling to compete. Round games will be played on Saturday and Sunday morning, before the grand finals take place at the following times: 1.30pm – Mixed Open and Masters2.00pm – Women’s Open and Senior Mixed2.30pm – Men’s Open and Men’s 50’sTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Queensland Affiliates Cup, please click on the links below:Website – – Twitter – Related LinksAffiliates Cuplast_img read more